Eric Frein, the 31-year-old survivalist suspected of killing one Pennsylvania state trouper and seriously wounding another in an ambush last month, was captured alive on Thursday. Frein, who was one of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives, has eluded police for 48 days as he hid out in the woods of the Pocono Mountains. He was captured in an abandoned airport hangar at the Birchwood-Pocono Airpark by federal marshals on routine patrol, according to WPVI. While Frein was reportedly armed at the time, he surrendered to the marshals peacefully.
Earlier this month, New York's Gabriel Sherman reported that before settling on Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory as host of Meet the Press, NBC offered the gig to Jon Stewart. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Daily Show host confirmed that he discussed the position with NBC. It sounds like it was easy to turn down, though, as one source put it, "They were ready to back the Brink's truck up." "I felt like that was one of those situations," Stewart said, "where someone says, 'We really like what you do. Why don't you come over here and do something different, maybe something you don't do as well, for us?' I can understand notionally where it comes from. News and entertainment have melded in a way. But they would be overcompensating on the entertainment side. That's certainly not an outlandish decision, although I don't necessarily think that's the best direction for it."
"I'm trying to help you with your tax status," the South Carolina Republican joked with a group of good old boys, according to a secret recording that will definitely matter less than the 47 percent tape. "I'm sorry the government's so fucked up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency." It is cute that Lindsey Graham thinks he could be elected president.
Three bodies discovered near Matamoros, Mexico, were identified by their father as siblings visiting from Texas. The AP reports that witnesses saw the kidnapping of Erica, Jose Angel, and Alex Alvarado Rivera by men dressed as police earlier this month. This isn't the first strange disappearance in Mexico this fall: 43 student protesters are still missing after vanishing in September — the discovery of a mass grave was found to be unconnected — and the small-town mayor and his wife suspected of orchestrating the disappearance in association with local law enforcement are on the run as fugitives.
Yesterday, inspired by Emma Sulkowicz’s senior thesis project, Carry That Weight, Columbia students left 28 waterlogged mattresses on the doorstep of university president Lee Bollinger — one for every complainant in Columbia’s Title IX case. The action was one of approximately 130 similar protests that occurred yesterday around the globe as students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens shouldered mattresses and pillows in solidary with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Calling all Russian oligarchs, hedge-funders, fashion tycoons, and Mark Zuckerberg: If you haven't already joined the ranks of other billionaires who've staked their claim on One57, the Christian de Portzamparc–designed luxury tower by Extell Development, there's a three-bedroom on the 58th floor up for grabs that won't mire you in countless design decisions.
A 20-year-old Lehigh University student is being charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct after dressing up as Laa-Laa, the yellow Teletubbie, breaking into his friend's house, and dumping Chinese food into a "man purse" before making a getaway. Laa-Laa, you have disappointed Tinky Winky, and there is absolutely nothing worse than disappointing Tinky Winky.
Tim Cook's coming-out may have elicited praise from Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley elite, but the reaction of one Russian lawmaker was decidedly different. Vitaly Milonov, the well-known hatemonger behind numerous anti-gay laws, now has a new project: keeping icky, diseased Tim Cook out of Mother Russia.
If you've ever wondered where the endless font of gun-nut paranoia comes from, try the National Rifle Association's magazine, America's 1st Freedom. In a special election issue headlined "Chaos at Our Door? A Dangerous World Is Closing In" and illustrated with an Islamic State fighter, NRA chief fearmongerer Wayne LaPierre writes a column warning Americans to "Vote Your Guns in November." Because the end is nigh.